The Rewinders

The music of Motown, The Beatles, and the ’70s have one common link-The Rewinders. Since the group was founded in 2001, they have performed “record copies” of hits from the ’60s and ’70s for thousands of people. Band members were hand-picked by Jeffrey A. Reed, music director of Orchestra Kentucky, in preparation for the Bowling Green orchestra’s first concert of Beatles music.

According to Reed, “I asked around until I found out who was the best drummer, bass player, and so forth, in Bowling Green, Kentucky. When I called them to join the group, some of them couldn’t quite understand the concept of an orchestra playing the music of The Beatles. They were afraid I was going for a Boston-pops type of sound.” Lest you think they play elevator music, think again. In addition to performing with Orchestra Kentucky and other orchestras to sell-out crowds, the group has played as the headliner in the finale of the nationally-renowned Piccolo Spoleto Festival for five years. The Rewinders can be booked for orchestra appearances by contacting Orchestra Kentucky office at 270.846.2426.


DAVE ALLEN, bass player for The Rewinders, was born and raised in Levittown, Pennsylvania. Dave is a totally self-taught musician and has been playing electric bass for over forty years. He made his stage debut at the age of seventeen in a battle of the bands competition in front of a crowd of 1,000 people. Since then, he has played in countless cover bands at countless bars, country clubs, weddings and parties. He is at home playing any style of music, but prefers jazz, blues, classic R&B and, of course, The Beatles. Dave occasionally teaches beginning bass lessons and has studied classical piano with Janet Bass Smith and upright bass with Karl Olsen.

JON CROSBY, vocalist for The Rewinders, made his first official solo recording at a King’s Island karaoke studio as a joke. The song that launched his singing career was Garth Brook’s “Friends in Low Places.” Jon found himself a country music fan in his early teens. This, along with his initial karaoke gig, and the encouragement from friends in high places prompted Jon to spend the next three years pounding the country music industry pavement in Nashville. Thankfully, Jon says, those efforts didn’t result in a professional music career. But he now has many personal accomplishments as well as great memories that have helped in his success as a husband, father, and businessman. “I got to play the Grand Ole Opry and work with musicians from the Belmont University scene who are now country music celebrities. Most importantly, though, I learned to believe in myself. Although many record producer and label doors were shut in my face in those days, I realized that I had the skills to get those doors open in the first place. That alone made it a successful experience.” Jon has a wonderful wife, Kristy, and two boys, Hayden and Heath.

JOHN McCRACKEN, guitarist for The Rewinders, was raised in Franklin, Kentucky. He and his wife, Debbie, have two children, Courtney and Olivia. John graduated from Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Alabama, began practicing law in Franklin with his father, and moved to Bowling Green in 1989, where he now has a solo practice. John began taking piano lessons when he was nine, and started playing guitar when he was thirteen. His older brother was his first guitar teacher; he took formal guitar lessons with David Kelsey when he attended Western Kentucky University. All during college he played guitar and sang in clubs, bars, weddings and restaurants in Kentucky and Tennessee. At age fourteen John played an original song on WBKO’s muscular dystrophy telethon, and while in college he wrote and sold some jingles for radio advertisements. He became a Rewinder by auditioning for a vocal position. John says this has been an experience he will always remember and cherish. “It is a rare opportunity when a bar band musician gets to play great music with orchestras.”

ERNIE RAYMER, keyboardist for The Rewinders, grew up in Russellville, Kentucky and began pounding the keys of his mother’s piano as soon as he could reach them. As a teen, he played flute in the Russellville High School Band under the direction of Hazel Carver, and played organ in a local combo, The Third Time Around. He studied piano with Ruth Morris and flute with Dr. David Livingston. Since then he has performed with a number of bands and vocalists, including Southernwood, Jerry Kendall, Ronnie McDowell, The Tennessee Pullybone, Bobby Bare, Sgt. Arms, Los Juages, Ron Ramsey, Michael Gough, Terry Palmer, and the Ernie Small Blues Band.

KEVIN SNYDER has been a vocalist with The Rewinders since 2000. He retired from UPS in 2013 after 32 years. He and his wife, Jill, have two children, Savannah and Kyle. He is involved with the Children’s Ministry, Worship choir and Vocal Team at Living Hope Baptist church. He enjoys music, spending time with his family, working in his yard, UK and WKU Basketball, and St Louis Cardinals baseball.

WEBB HENDRIX, drummer for The Rewinders, is originally from Alabama, and attended Western Kentucky University. He is employed at Royal Music Company and is a member of Orchestra Kentucky. He also enjoys playing music with the local rock group, Cootie Brown, with the John Martin Trio, and subbing with Fender Benders and Skip Bond when needed. Webb also plays worship services in various churches. Webb lives in Smiths Grove and has two daughters. He enjoys watching his daughters participate in sports, working in the garden and woodworking projects around the house.